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George Henry TAYLOR

Regimental number1601
Place of birthHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
SchoolNational School, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
Address260 Railey Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinSister, E M Taylor, Hambledon, Henley on Thames, England
Enlistment date19 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied at Etaples, France.
FateDied of wounds 1 June 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialEtaples Military Cemetery (Plot LXV, Row E, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Fanny TAYLOR; husband of B.E. TAYLOR, Adderbury West, Banbury, Oxon, England. Native of Swyncombe, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon

Military Medal

'On morning 14th May, 1918 when enemy attacked our lines near MORLANCOURT he was with the right line Company waiting to assist the left Company when opportunity offered. When ordered to rush an enemy strong point some 80 yards from our line, in broad daylight, he quickly organised his section, and was the first man to go out. He continued sniping and keeping enemy heads down while new positions were being consolidated and at night supervised the wiring under heavy Machine Gun and rifle fire, from 100 yards away till he was severely wounded. he set a high standard of courage and resourcefulness and greqtly encouraged his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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